10th Chinese naval escort taskforce sets sail

An officer is saying goodbye to his family members. (Photo by Chen Ye)

At 10:00 on October 2, the 10th escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) set sail from a naval port in Zhanjiang, south China’s Guangdong Province, for the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast to replace the 9th Chinese naval escort taskforce for escort missions.

Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the PLA Navy, came to the port to see the taskforce off on behalf of Wu Shengli, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and commander of the PLA Navy, and Liu Xiaojiang, political commissar of the PLA Navy. Jiang Weilie, commander of the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, Huang Jiaxiang, political commissar of the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, leaders of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some officers and men, and some relatives of the officers and men of the taskforce also attended the seeing-off ceremony.

Ding Yiping said that since the first escort mission of the first naval escort taskforce, China’s naval escort taskforces have performed escort missions for 4,252 Chinese and foreign ships, rescued 42 Chinese and foreign ships from pirate attacks or pursuits. He pointed out that the setting off of the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce further shows China’s confidence and determination in fulfilling international obligations and safeguarding the security of maritime strategic channels.

Gao Fei and Xiao Delun